Innovation Manager


Leuven, Belgium


Company Description

THEOplayer plays a pivotal role in the rapidly evolving online video landscape and is recognized and respected by some of the world’s biggest companies as the go-to video playback solution for streaming content. We are constantly innovating using cutting edge technological to provide the best solution to our customers. Having won the 2016 and 2017 Streaming Media Reader's Choice Award for Best Video Player SDK, THEOplayer seeks to continuously deliver the best possible product to its customers. THEOplayer is a fast-growing SaaS company, located in Leuven (Belgium), with a global customer base.

How you'll make a difference

As an innovation manager at THEOplayer you are part of the product team. You will help drive and inspire innovative software products which will be used by hundreds of companies and millions of end-users worldwide. In your day-to-day job, you will work on IP and IP strategy, investigate market opportunities as well as work on subsidy grants around potential market disruptive technologies. Working on new and rapidly evolving products, your input on the roadmap and upcoming features will let you play a crucial role in defining the future of the company.

Duties & Responsabilities 

  • Be the expert in Intellectual Property (IP) within THEO Technologies. Coordinate with technical teams around identifying new potential software patents, research the applicability of these patent ideas as well as coordinate with a third-party IP company to bring these patents from an embryonal stage, to a written submission and all the way to a global applied patent grant.
  • Be the key responsible around coordination and execution of writing, reviewing, successfully defending and the follow-up of subsidy grants such as VLAIO O&O, EU Horizon 2020 and EU FTO.
  • Writing and reviewing of industry level technical documents such as ISO standards.
  • Define a clear strategy around THEO Technologies’ IP portfolio. Defend and align this strategy with the senior management team and lead the coordination required to execute this strategy.
  • Define a clear process for driving, collecting and filtering of innovative ideas within THEO Technologies. Further investigating these ideas to identify viability as well as market and IP opportunities and risks.
  • Work in a structured and organized way in lean agile teams. Be comfortable in working in short timeboxed sprints with daily standups, where you provide feedback around the status of your responsibilities, and work within the team to drive a common goal.

Desired Skills & Experience

Must have proficient skills in

  • Prior experience with being the key responsible for writing, successful defending and doing the follow-up for a major subsidy grant such as VLAIO O&O, EU Horizon 2020 or EU FTO.
  • Comfortable in performing IP and freedom to operate investigations as well as critically reviewing drafted patents and patent claims.
  • Prior experience in defining an IP strategy and doing all the required follow-up to execute this strategy.
  • Passionate about reading, writing and coordination of the writing of both technical documents and subsidy grants.
  • Perfect proficiency in written English. A workable knowledge about other European languages is a plus.

What we offer

  • A versatile full-time job in the animated city Leuven.
  • A competitive salary with plenty of extra benefits.
  • The opportunity to work for an exciting start-up conquering the world.
  • A place to learn and get in touch with the cutting edge of online video.
  • The company itself is doing exceptionally well. For career-motivated people, there will be upward mobility.
  • A stimulating working environment.
  • Nice and passionate colleagues.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Regular and fun team activities.

Does this sound interesting you?

Please send your resume and cover letter to We look forward to hearing from you.

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